We have a selection of guidebooks to some of our most popular countries in Asia. Written by our specialists, they detail destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send this via a PDF to your email.
There is so much to do in Bangkok, you could easily while away a few days here or even a week. But if you’re just stopping off en route to somewhere else, here’s what Nathan would do with 24 hours in Bankgkok…
Famed for its white sand beaches and amazing food, Thailand is normally the first stop for people who want to experience Asia. The trouble we have is that people increasingly associate it with busy beaches and backpacker bars. Thailand however still has some amazing hidden gems, here are a few of our favourite beaches that are away from the tourist-trodden path…
Few destinations encapsulate the enduring charm of Asia quite like Thailand. Its intoxicating allure is woven into the fabric of its beach escapes, spa retreats and island resorts but nowhere more so than in its ever-growing collection of boutique hotels. From romantic jungle retreats, to luxury beachfront hideaways and off the beaten track boltholes, we’ve rounded up our favourite boutique properties for a unique stay in Thailand.
Thailand has it all whether you’re a wildlife fanatic, a culture aficionado or a beach buff. Vibrant metropolises sit cheek by jowl with extravagant palaces, pastoral countryside is laced with rivers and jungle clad hills are inhabited by fascinating hill tribes and incredible wildlife. Tick off temples, cook up a storm in a culinary class, or cruise down a languid river to really get under the skin of this magical destination on an unforgettable holiday.
Here at Imagine Asia we are a team of nature enthusiasts. We’ve put together a list of our top five nature retreats across the continent, each with their own characteristics and special attributes that make them a must see.
Elephants have played a crucial part in the history and culture of Thailand for centuries, and these magnificent creatures remain an enduring symbol of Thailand. This being said, it is vitally important to keep elephant safety and welfare in mind whilst ticking off a bucket list encounter with one of the country’s gentle giants.
Matched only by the calibre of its world class beaches, remarkable scenery and turquoise blue seas is Thailand’s impressive repertoire of luxury hotels. We’ve handpicked our favourite luxury resorts from across Thailand, just perfect for celebrating a special occasion, indulging on a once in a lifetime holiday or escaping on an exclusive getaway with a loved one. Expect unspoilt beaches, undiscovered locations and ultimate luxury on a holiday that is just for you.
Perfect for first-time visitors, this 11 night itinerary offers an unhurried introduction to the highlights of Thailand. Enjoy the city sights of Bangkok, spend time with elephants in Chiang Mai and unwind on the beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta.
The Float House River Kwai
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The Float House River Kwai Resort is a stylish floating hotel on the River Kwai Noi, providing an unusual and exciting base from which to explore the history, nature and culture of the Kanchanaburi area, in a wonderfully remote and beautiful setting.
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The Float House is an elegant, boutique style floating property on a secluded part of the Kwai Noi River. The comfortable raft hotel is the perfect place to relax after a long day of activities in the area, while you are waited on hand and foot by the charming staff who mainly hail from the ethnic Mon community. As the hotel floats on a river, the facilities are understandably limited, but there is so much to discover on the river and in the jungle. The accommodation is very comfortable with indulgent touches. The river resort is roughly a three-hour drive from Bangkok in Kanchanaburi, where long-tailed boat trips, bamboo rafting, hiking trails, adventure parks and elephant sanctuaries are the order of the day. The resort puts a special focus on responsible tourism and works hard to protect the environment and the rich cultural heritage of the local people. The resort can only be reached by boat, adding to the excitement of staying in a floating hotel in the middle of a river. The Kwai Noi River flows through the dense verdant jungle, and the spacious villas strive to emulate the surroundings, with teakwood furniture and thatched roofs. The folky style of this boutique property with the addition of the spectacular surrounding natural environment make The Float House intimate and cosy. Each villa has a private balcony and wooden pier, where you can sit out and soak up the views and atmosphere of the river. Wake up in the morning and throw open your glass doors, breathing in the fresh air. The rooms are bright and airy with furniture made from local materials such as bamboo, splashed with colour. The Pontoon Floating Restaurant and Bar serves international and local Thai cuisine, with both an a la carte menu and a buffet. After dinner head to the Bar and Moon Lounge, which sits on a wooden deck in the open air, for an ice-cold beer or a glass of bubbly. The Float House is an excellent choice for active honeymooners and older families alike. Interconnecting rooms are available, perfect for families.
When to go
Characterised by a warm tropical climate, Thailand can be visited all year round, however there are some distinct seasons that could affect when you choose to travel. In the north of the country, the most popular time to visit is during the cool season from December to February, with pleasant daytime temperatures, chilly evenings and minimal rainfall. The rainy season arrives at the end of May, bringing heavy rains until November. Rainfall tends to appear in short, sudden downpours, with August and September seeing the most consistent rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Segway Chiang Mai
This exciting Segway experience makes for a great day out in Chiang Mai for families, taking you on a journey through the cultural and magical old city, exploring its famous sites.
Elephants as nature intended
Elephant Nature Park was set up more than 20 years ago and is a wonderful haven for Thailand’s abused elephants that have been rescued from their cruel previous owners. Better your understanding of elephants and the threats to their species as they roam.
Thai for a day
This is a truly unique tour that will give you a taste of authentic Thai life, spending the day in a local Chiang Mai district with charming Mr Prapat and his family, learning traditional cooking techniques.
Pedal & Paddle Adventure
Enjoy a bicycle and kayak tour of Sri Lanna National Park, cycling through beautiful landscapes and paddling around the Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir, enjoying an authentic Lanna lunch in a floating house on the water.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya & Koh Samet
This fascinating itinerary combines historic highlights in Thailand and Cambodia. Learn about the countries' ancient heritage with magnificent temples in Siem Reap and Ayutthaya, and uncover modern-day history in Kanchanaburi and Phnom Penh.
Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Phuket
Discover a side of Thailand many never get to see on this 13 day itinerary, combining the must see sights of Bangkok with the lesser visited gems of Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya before finishing with a relaxing beach break in Phuket.